Euro Crime and Petrona reviews posted during November

Even later than Donna, I haven't yet collected up my November book reviews at Euro Crime. In haste, before we run out of December, here they are:

My favourite of my November batch: The Consorts of Death by Gunnar Staalesen (translated by Don Bartlett). "In my opinion, this series stands alongside Connelly, Crais, Temple, Camilleri and others, who are among the very best modern exponents of the poetic yet tough detective story with strong, classic plots; a social conscience; and perfect pitch in terms of a sense of place."

True Murder by Yaba Badoe, "a first novel which is enjoyable and holds a great deal of promise. If you enjoy Ruth Rendell or Morag Joss you will find much to like in TRUE MURDER".

Core of Evil by Nigel McCrery, "a book that slips down a treat. It's easy to read over a couple of hours, mashing up the traditional British detective novel (think Agatha Christie) with the modern police procedural." 

No Escape by N. J. Cooper. "As well as being a satisfying mystery novel, I liked the way in which Karen develops from being rather weedy at the start of the book, to capable self-assurance as she's increasingly threatened by unknown forces."

The Shadow in the Water by Inger Frimansson (translated by Laura A. Wideburg), "a very disturbing novel, clouded and obscured by perceptions and suspicions so that nothing is what it seems".

To Steal her Love by Matti Joensuu (translated by David Hackston). "My favourite parts of the story involved the police and how the lower ranks try to get the job done despite all the politics and rivalries from above and from other departments, and the broader observations of an overstretched societal system teetering on the brink and full of cynical opportunists, in the manner so ably conveyed by Sjowall and Wahloo in their Martin Beck series."

Also during November I posted some new reviews on Petrona:

Wicked Prey by John Sandford.
The Southern Seas by Manuel Vazquez Montalban (translated by Patrick Camiller).
Brief review of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy (translated by Reg Keeland).
The Darkest Hour by Katherine Howell.
Thumbprint by Friedrich Glauser (translated by Mike Martin).
Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo.

Quite a productive month! All my book reviews are archived here, categorised by country of author as well as by genre.

2 thoughts on “Euro Crime and Petrona reviews posted during November

  1. Maxine I thought I was going slightly mad reading your review of the McCrery book as the story sounded so familiar – but your last sentence allowed me to postpone my trip to the shrink. I read the book last year under its other title (why must they do that?) and enjoyed it a lot, though I don’t remember the Ministry of Justice at all. It’s got one of the most alarming openings to a book ever. I still can’t look at an old lady with a pair of gardening shears without shuddering.
    I have added the Staalesen title to my wishlist as it sounds intriguing.

  2. I agree, Bernadette and I have to say I was disappointed in this usually excellent publisher as when the review copy arrived there was no indication in the press release that they had previously published it in hardback under a different title (Still Waters), nor is there any indication in the book itself. I was quite shocked. In fact, it was your review or receommendation of the hardback that made me read it in the first place! I agree with you about the little old ladies, very spooky and a nice touch.

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